From lifting us to the very zenith of hope to plunging us to despair, the feel good effects from Wenger’s rousing comments on Tyrone Mings last month has all but dissipated now as he has ruled out a move for the Ipswich youngster.
Wenger had told us that Mings was one of those players who were on the clubs’ regular watch list, but did add that nothing special exactly on as we were “not close to signing anybody”. It now seems as though we were never quite close as the manager’s reply to a question about the player was a categorically and unequivocally in the negative.
“No. The intensity of the link is not down to us.”
In the real sense of it, that was not actually a concrete dismissal if you disregard the ‘No’ as Wenger is famous for his way of punning with what should be a second language to him. He loves to keep it close to his chest and won’t reveal much about transfers until it is substantial and within full-palm grasp.
The truth remains that the 21-year old is still on our radar, and barring any hitches as to ownership rights and the convolutions that is involved with that, the club could still be discussed as linked to the player till the later hours of deadline day.
It puts us more on the edge of our seats as we approach the first week of the winter window, knowing that one player could be linked one moment and the deal could be off the very next, as was with the case with Danny Welbeck on the last day of the last summer’s transfer window. Arsenal cannot afford not to sign defenders in January and maybe Wenger considers Mings as one for the future, aspiring after an experienced character who will hit the ground running from the get go.
Ron Vlaar, Chris Smalling and Winston Reid are the other names closest to home who have been rumoured as potential candidates to fill the void in our defensive departments, while the gold fish remains Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. The 26-year old captain has endured a torrid campaign with Jurgen Klopp’s side that lie level on points with bottom side Freiburg on the BundesLiga log. Wenger is an admirer of the German stalwart but a January been could be beyond a realistic pursuit.
Who will he eventually settle for? A million dollar question for a manager who wants to prove he is not afraid to splash it when necessary. Could it be Virgil van Dijk? Matija Nastasic? Yobo? Silvestre?
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